Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fiscal responsibility.

Somehow, I don't associate "being fiscally conservative" with $133 haircuts.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid, it is true that most stupid people are conservative."

Scientific proof that John Stuart Mill was correct.
Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs.

[...]

The study found that young adults who said they were "very conservative" had an average adolescent IQ of 95, whereas those who said they were "very liberal" averaged 106.
So very liberal people are typically above average, and very wingnutty people are typically below average.

Sounds right to me.

Republicans -- still not at all racist.

Absolutely amazing.
FRANK: In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say “How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible.” And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Why They Hate Us.


Yay!

Way to maintain perspective, asshole.

For a guy whose book begins "It's not about you," why is it always about him?

Radicals.

I'm really not sure why we should listen to anything Republicans say as long as they continue to espouse views that are in line with the John Birch Society.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bad for the Jews.

Via Althouse, The Root's done a particularly good list of "Black Folks We'd Like To Remove From Black History."

As a public service, here are a few Jews that one hopes will not be inscribed in the book of life.

Pamela Geller: Gives the lie to the rumor that all Jews are smart, believing Obama to be the lovechild of Malcolm X. I'm willing to entertain the possibility that her intense stupidity is the result of saline traveling upwards, into her brain.

Abe Foxman
: No individual is more responsible for watering down the term 'anti-Semitism.' It took Foxman at least a decade to realize that Rush Limbaugh likes Jews about as much as he likes blacks. His contention that Inglorious Basterds deserves an Oscar is merely the last straw.

Joseph Lieberman: Beaten in a Democratic primary by a guy so dull as to make Martha Coakley seem like Lady Gaga. Also, a lying sack of shit who has spent half his career kissing up to Don Imus.

Jonah Goldberg
: Because this...



...does not suggest the second coming of Maimonides. Liberal Fascism is a very bad, very popular book. 

Andrew Breitbart: Has turned mendacity into a cash cow. Unlike the other guys, his influence is limited. Sure, he's an embarrassment now, but he's also certifiably nuts. Either Breitbart will be picked up by the Secret Service, or gunned down by a Soros bodyguard. I prefer the former, only because his prison Tweets would be entertaining.
No, I have not forgotten about Martin Peretz or Shia LaBeouf.

Thanks for the Laughs. Seriously.

:-(

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s senior adviser and spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, has resigned, POLITICO has learned.

Who will write Palin's Facebook entries?

Meanwhile, in a fit of graciousness, also, too, the quixotic quitter publicly thanked her trusted aide:



Oh. Well, I'm sure she'll have something hilariously incoherent to say about it in a bit.

One Propagandist Finds Kinship in Another.

Says Roger L. Simon:

As the MSM continues to report on the huffing and puffing of various Eurocrats about the use of stolen or semi-stolen (who really knows?) passports in the murder of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January, you have to look around the edges for the real story. And one of those places today is the Chinese news agency Xinhua.


Ah, yes. Surely anyone looking for the real story will avail himself of an outlet whose "journalists are hand-picked and indoctrinated to produce media reports that give the official point of view of the Chinese Communist Party."

If you find Simon's use of Xinhua unsurprising, well, that's because it is. Scholars of the $3.5 million money pit will recall that Putz's Folly embarrassed itself early on by cluelessly aggregating Xinhua stories.

Perhaps another blogjam is in order?

Lady Needs a Bump.


(Likewise, one can not help but read "mongoloid affirmative action hire" and "Jonah Goldberg.")

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Awesome

John Avlon of the Daily Beast on the new teabagger porn Generation Zero:
There have been highlights to balance out the lowlights at the Tea Party Convention. For all the Obama Derangement Syndrome evidenced, the spark of the movement was a demand to return to fiscal responsibility. These roots were well represented by a special screening of a new documentary about the roots of the fiscal crisis and the reckoning still to come, called Generation Zero. Written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon (Titus) and produced by the now infamous Citizens United, it is not primarily a partisan polemic—instead it is a smart and comprehensible look at the results of fiscal irresponsibility,
Well that sounds like it could be reasonably interesting, so long as there is nothing retarded following this comma.
featuring commentary from Amity Shlaes, Shelby Steele, Victor Davis Hanson, and Newt Gingrich, among others.
For fuck's sake.

It Burns.

CNN:

PHILLIPS: You know, you've been doing this fit nation for the unfit people around the world. But no, really, you're dedicated to it. I mean, my guess is, and I know that you have stayed up on [Dick Cheney's] history, he's got to be on some type of program, right?

When you do have a heart condition like this, I mean, you're lectured constantly about what to eat, how to exercise. Do we have any idea if he's been a good boy?

(LAUGHTER)

GUPTA: It's a great question. And you know there's really two points here. One is that, they say he's made some lifestyle changes. You know I don't know how --


Ha ha! What a terribly amusing thing to call a war criminal.

Um, Rick...



Monday, February 22, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

People begin to notice what an assclown Glenn Reynolds is.

Putz gets an absolutely devastating beatdown by Bruce Bartlett today -- and others pile on.

The pattern here is predictable (remember the "let's kill Iran's nuclear scientists" post?): Putz says something really wingnutty and stupid, serious commentators note its wingnutty stupidity -- then Putz gets pissy and defensive.
Well, I was hoping for a thoughtful email from an expert, but instead I got a typically intemperate blog post from Bruce Bartlett. Bruce, I’m not trying to turn the United States into Zimbabwe. That would be the guy in the White House, whom you seem surprisingly anxious to defend.
Note: no factual rebuttals for Bartlett. Just lame, pissy whining -- to go with the suggestion that Obama wants to turn America into a third world African nation.

Embarrassing.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Putz Classic.

September 18, 2001:


I'm all for getting Osama bin Laden (though I don't want to make him such a poster boy that we think he's the only one that matters), but I still don't see how invading Afghanistan is the solution to that.


What happened to this guy?

Adventures in Civility.


Republicans know they have nothing to offer minorities. Thus, they hold onto the myth of St. Kenneth Gladney as if it were a rope ladder over a stream of crocodiles.

Who Are These People?

Sally Quinn sure knows how to grab the reader:

People often ask me how to make conversation at dinner parties.

The continued existence of Quinn's column is a mystery. One theory: it will make the output of torture-fapper Marc Thiessen more palatable to the Post's remaining subscribers.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Why wingnuts hate David Frum.

He fact checks them.

Everyone knows facts have a librul bias.

Taking bets.

First wingnut to claim that the plane-into-IRS guy is a "leftist"?

They have to actually use the word "leftist" for you to win the fabulous prize.

Ouch.

"For me, Palin's problem as a candidate for national office in 2008 was that she had not been sufficiently tested. Her problem as a candidate for national office in 2012 is that she has been tested and failed. She failed, that is, to complete her one term as governor of Alaska. It's not clear why, but the failure seems to have been due to some combination of insufficient commitment to the job she had sought and inability to deal with attacks that likely pale in comparison to those she would face as president."


Not a shocking notion, but the author may surprise you.

Children's Commendium of Ericksonisms.

Teeing off on Erick Erickson's peculiar decision to cross state lines to sign a document on the internet, our beloved commenters were inspired.

"Heading to Netroots Nation this summer to read Daily Kos."

"
Heading to Monticello to buy a roll of nickels."

"
Heading to Newcastle: remember to pack coal."

"
Heading to CPAC to beat Nancy Pelosi with a stick."

"
Heading to Oxford to look up a word in the dictionary."

"
Heading to Brazil to shop Amazon."

"
Heading to the Playboy Mansion to search the Internets for pr0n!"


Hehindeedy!

Tancredo makes a ha-ha

Media Matters has a brief note on Tom "Mexicans? EEEEEWWWW" Tancredo's speech at TeaBagCon10, which included the following rhetorical gem:

And then, something really odd happened, mostly because I think that we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country. People who could not even spell the word "vote," or say it in English, put a committed socialist idealogue in the White House, name is Barack Hussein Obama.
I have an idea. Let's form two experimental groups, one consisting of Latino immigrants (who are, you know, required to pass a goddamn civics test before obtaining the right to vote) and the other of Teabagging aficionados. Let's see who does better on a "civics literacy test."

It is a common source of humor in my line of work that foreign-born students, many of whom are brand new to the U.S. and not all of whom have terrific facility with English yet, routinely beat the pants off of American-born and -educated students in college-level American government courses. Pitor from Kraków routinely tells me a lot more about the 4th Amendment than Peter from Knoxville. And he does so in sentences featuring punctuation.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Glenn Reynolds getting openly mocked at Reason.

It took forever, but I don't think anyone -- except maybe Ann Althouse and the RedStaters -- buys the Putz-as-libertarian schtick anymore.

Also.
Where in the Constitution, pray tell, do we find the authority for such crusades? Or for the national restrictions on abortion supported by the fifth signatory, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council? Or for the national regulation of broadcast speech pushed by the seventh guy on the list, Brent Bozell of the Parents Television Council? I do not expect conservative constitutionalists to be libertarians, but is it asking too much to expect them to be constitutionalists?

Will the GOP Denounce A Truther in their Midst?

Jason Chaffetz is a Congressman from Utah.

He sometimes posts at The Corner. He is admired by the many factions of the GOP -- the nativists, the necons, and the stupid.

He is also a 9/11 Truther.

Q: A reopening into the investigation of 9/11?

CHAFFETZ: Well there’s a lot we still need to learn. Of course we want to look into that issue, look at every aspect of it. [...] Who was the BYU professor? [...] Steve Jones, yeah I’ve met with him. He’s done some interesting work.

Q: Have you given much thought to the possibility it was a false flag terrorist attack on 9/11?

CHAFFETZ: Well I know there’s still a lot to learn about what happened and what didn’t happen, we should be vigilant and continue to investigate that, absolutely.

Q: Appreciate that. We at We Are The Change believe it was a false flag terrorist attack, that the buildings came down with internally placed demolition.

I look forward to a swift, merciless denunciation! Heh, I keed.

Andrew Malcom Agrees Output is "Drivel."

I noticed something curious in the comments of today's Andrew Malcolm travesty, which was expertly dissected by Jamison Foser.

Malcolm, who sometimes replies to his commenters in the form of parentheticals, wrote,



Don't know about you, but if I were Malcolm's boss, I'd wonder why I'm paying him to write something even he agrees is terrible.

[Via Rumproast]

Mount Vernon Lulz.

Yes, the much-maligned Mount Vernon Statement is indeed awesome. Despite professing to be inspired by the Declaration of Independence, this coterie of wanker dumbasses misspell "self-evident" in the third paragraph, even though I'm pretty sure Wordpress has a spellcheck.

In related news, Erick Erickson traveled all the way to Mt. Vernon to sign something on the internet.

He is very stupid -- because, by the by, his name does not even appear among the undersigned.

Richard Miniter's Attempt to Freeload Off Former Employer Hits Snag.

 

Remember that one time, last year, when Richard Miniter sued The Washington Times?

Yes, well, hahahahaha!


Judge Ricardo M. Urbina decided Tuesday to throw out Miniter's request that the Times not transfer assets while the case was pending, citing there was no evidence the paper was trying to do such a thing. According to the Associated Press, Urbina also said Miniter's case was weak, noting the journalist never submitted a copy of the contract he claims the newspaper breached.

"We never had a hearing, that's why this ruling is so bizarre," Miniter's lawyer Larry Klayman told Yeas & Nays. As for that contract: "There was an oral contract," Klayman said.


Heh. He said oral.

Dept. of Let's Not Start Sucking Each Other's Dicks Quite Yet.

Big wingnut news of the morning is the purchase of Hot Air by Salem Communications.

This will be greeted as a Very Smart Decision by the usual suspects, but it's instructive to consider Salem's last acquisition, made four months before the 2006 midterm elections:

On July 4, Salem Communications, one of the country’s largest radio-station owners, will relaunch an old Web war horse called Townhall.com as a hub for its stable of stars (including Bill Bennett, Michael Medved and [Hugh] Hewitt himself). The hope? That “Web 2.0″ wherewithal can transform what was once an op-ed clearinghouse into a single nerve center serving the separate conservative communities of talk radio and the Internet. To Hewitt, a valuable White House ally, the math is simple: add 6 million Salem fans to Townhall’s 1.4 million unique monthly visitors and you’ve got an audience six or seven times the size of liberal site Daily Kos, the Web’s biggest political blog. “We will overwhelm them,” he says.


Ahem. Four years later, Hewitt remains as wrong as ever.


I hope this new venture enjoys similar success.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dennis Prager Daycare

Well, thanks for being creepy, D-Prag.

In real life, a child who hits an adult needs to be disciplined. If a child did that to me, I would grab his offending arm and apply enough force to make it clear that he will never do that again. After I mentioned this on my radio show, some psychotherapists sent me e-mails disagreeing with these views. They noted, for example, that "violence breeds violence."

Some cliches are true; I find this one meaningless. The truth is the opposite: Immoral violence breeds violence; moral violence (such as just wars, police work and appropriate parental discipline) reduces violence.

I am well aware that vast numbers of Americans (and Europeans) believe that engaging in any physical discipline of a child is wrong. I, too, held this belief for most of my life, and I never hit or spanked either of my sons. I have changed my mind because of all the fine people who have called my show or written to me about how they were spanked and now believe that they are better adults because of it.
Good thing is, I don't see it getting any worse.
With regard to the argument that this man was not the boy's parent -- and the terrible fact that there is far too much hitting and abuse of children by stepfathers and boyfriends -- I do not believe that only parents may physically respond to a child. Teachers, for example, should be permitted to do so -- I was physically dealt with by a number of teachers, and in every case, I deserved it. I also did so as a camp counselor -- to great effect
I just pooped a little.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sully makes a funny.

Heh:
My view is that Ryan is far preferable to the total fraudulence of phony fiscal conservatives like Glenn Reynolds or Sarah Palin or the Tea Party "Government Out Of Medicare!" Movement.
It's pathetic when you're linked to Sarah Palin about anything, but it works.

Doubt he'll be doing any more PJTV assignments.

Off the reservation.

Uh, Charles? Glenn Reynolds has always ignored the extremists on the right.

Charles Johnson is confused.

Amazingly, Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) manages to write a puff piece for the Wall Street Journal about the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville without even mentioning Tom Tancredo’s racist call to bring back literacy tests or Joseph Farah’s Birther/theocrat speech and resulting standing ovation.

How is it possible to be that blind to the huge elephant of bad craziness in the room? Like this: Glenn Harlan Reynolds: What I Saw at the Tea Party Convention.

This is why the extremists have had such an easy time taking over the tea party movement — people like Glenn Reynolds are determined to pretend they don’t even exist.

This has been Putzy's M.O. for years.

Don't know why Johnson is just realizing it now.

Teabaggers completely ignorant about taxes.

Pretty embarrassing when you know jack shit about the issue that's supposedly your raison d'etre.
Of people who support the grassroots, "Tea Party" movement, only 2 percent think taxes have been decreased, 46 percent say taxes are the same, and a whopping 44 percent say they believe taxes have gone up.
Idiots.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Teabagger Propaganda Fail



Oh, the irony.

This is one of those right-wing extremists Homeland Security was worried about.

And a teabagger, to boot.

Shorter David Brooks.

Heh:
Barack Obama, a Democrat who promised sweeping reform, was elected president because the American people were fed up with partisan Democrats and didn’t want any reform. Now that the people have noticed he’s acting like a Democrat and pushing reforms, he’s lost them; therefore, he should cave to everything Republicans demand, and so regain the public’s confidence.
Just another reason why Teh Sadly is still one of my favorites.

Friday, February 12, 2010

GOP! GOP! GOP!

I know Americans have short attention spans, but I don't think the wingnuts comprehend yet just how completely screwed the Republican brand is.

QOTD

Here:
What you have to know about Sen. Shelby: He would bomb Oregon if it meant an Alabama company got the contract to build the bomb. Literally.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Uncanny.

Like the X-Men.

We see different things.

Maggie Churchill-Gallagher drops this coiled, brown link of wisdom over at Intellectual Chernobyl regarding the Fiorina "Demon Furry" ad:

No one is calling California insurance commissioner Steve Poizner a "Fiscal Conservative in Name Only" -- not yet. But after U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina of California made mutton meat out of GOP rival Tom Campbell in a much talked about "demon sheep" television ad, Steve Poizner is clearly worried.
The ad was much talked about in the same way that "Pants on the Ground" is much talked about. Maybe Mags should take a break from snorting lines of Bisquick until she can figure out the difference between positive buzz and open mockery.

Available only at the Daily Caller

Seriously folks, this is the kind of cutting commentary you can find daily at Tucker's Folly - and nowhere else. Actually I take that back. You can catch glimpses of it on Ms. Cupp's thrice-weekly appearances on Hannity.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I love Jane, but this headline is missing something.

The word 'real' that is.
Tea party star Allen West, who raised over twice as much in the 4th quarter of 2009 than Democratic incumbent Ron Klein (FL-22), says “We must get away from occupation warfare and nation building.” Rand Paul, who is very likely to win Jim Bunning’s Kentucky Senate seat, would’ve voted against the war in Iraq and wants a constitutional declaration to continue the war in Afghanistan. Adam Kokesh is running as an anti-war candidate against Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico’s third congressional district (Lujan voted for the war supplemental).
Real libertarians understand that you can't have "small government" and a global empire. As opposed to the glibertarians like Putz, who just don't want to call themselves what they are: Southern Republicans.

Top 10 Worst Lines in that Wendy Button Piece No One Is Talking About.

We'd hoped PUMAlicious Wendy had simply disappeared. Nope. She's dumping her notebook on the John Edwards paternity scandal for, natch, Huffington Post. Here we go!

10. "For us, it was yet another reminder that our work with John will always be wrapped in a scarlet letter."

9. "For me, I was completely unprepared for what the last few weeks have done to my head and heart... and I knew the truth."

8. "I said, 'Fuck.'"

7. " John spoke out -- we spoke out -- while others were silent... still are silent."

6. "For the hundreds of us who didn't repair sex tapes with scotch tape, the truth and the details of John's mess, they break our hearts all over again."

5. "The story was so damaging, my Blackberry vibrated across the passenger seat."

4. "The truth finds us in the strangest of places."

3. "I stood alone in the CBS parking lot, looking at the game show sign as if it was a twisted version of the decrepit T.J. Eckelberg eyeglasses sign hovering over the freeway in F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby."

2. "The good thing about darkness and rain is that they hide tears."

1. "This is politics -- American politics -- where dysfunction breeds like mold after a rainstorm."

Reaching the limits of right-wing humor

RNC-sponsored Valentine's Day cards featuring prominent WH and Congressional Democrats.



The Rahm Emanuel one is actually pretty funny, and they could have stopped there. But they didn't, and their meager capacity for humor was rapidly exhausted.

The Human Garbage Index.

1. Maggie Gallagher (+1)
2. Leon Weiseltier (-2)
3. Arianna Huffington (+12)
4. Roger L. Simon (no change)
5. Kathryn Jean Lopez (+2)
6. Chuck Todd (+3)
7. John Mayer (-2)
8. Andrew Breitbart (+3)
9. Ann Althouse (-1)
10. Rod Dreher (-7)

Santorum Accuses Gay Federal Judge of "Rigging" Trial.

Rick Santorum, JD, is unhappy with the progress of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. He is particularly displeased with Judge Vaughn Walker, who was recently outed.

Among Santorum's grievances:


He decided that Prop 8 proponents should be subjected to questioning about their personal beliefs on marriage and sexuality.

He ordered Prop 8 proponents to disclose private communications about never-used campaign messages.

He directed the Prop 8 campaign to turn over copies of all internal records and e-mail messages on campaign strategy.

He refused not only to demand any of these things of the proposition's opponents, but also to so much as rule on a motion related to that issue.

He subjected one proponent to humiliation for his concerns about homosexuality, as written in private e-mails to friends - in Chinese.

And so on. Santorum doesn't believe the trial should even take place and casually makes an extraordinary allegation:

The only point of Walker's rigged trial is to convince appellate courts that voters who passed Proposition 8 are intolerant bigots.


It's not every day that a former Senator accuses a Reagan and Bush-nominated federal judge of "rigging" a trial.

Probably This is Why Jim VandeHei Sits on the Pulitzer Board.

It took two reporters to bring down the Nixon Administration but three to crap out this very important Drudge-bait.


The White House press room was a jovial place to be in the early days of President Barack Obama's presidency. But times have changed.

Back in May, POLITICO analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter — as indicated by "(Laughter)" being noted in the official transcript — occurred more than 10 times per day during press secretary Robert Gibbs's briefings.

But the laughter has been reduced by half in recent months: In the first six months of the Obama administration, briefings produced an average of 179 laughs per month. Over the past six months, the average has dropped down to 89.

Glenn Reynolds: Leave Sarah Palin alooooooone!!!!

Wah! Those mean guys are being mean to Sarah!

I'm guessing if Dana Perino had done this to say, Barack Obama, the post would've started with HEH.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tweety Makes a Funny.



Best line: "Is Michael Ledeen writing this stuff for her?"

Dear God, Please Make this Happen.

Hugh Hewitt's description of his "perfect candidate" to fill Murtha's seat:


He or she would listen to Rush, Sean, Levin, Ingraham and my colleagues Bennett, Gallagher,  Prager and Medved when they could find the time between their business and their home and community duties.  They would also read the New York Times or the Washington Post online, and glance at Politico.com and Powerline when they had a few spare moments.


This is the most awesome idea since Steve Bainbridge suggested Putz and Althouse for the Supreme Court.

For the aspiring socially retarded College Republican in your life

Good news! A dying publication that has no money is looking for nearly-free labor. Sure, internships in New York are simply an elitist gatekeeping mechanism to ensure that only young people who can rely on Dad to support them in Manhattan while they work for peanuts (or nothing) can build Villager credentials, but it worked well for Bill Kristol.

NR is hiring a summer intern for its New York office. The internship involves editing, researching, and writing, and comes with a modest stipend. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest, a résumé, and two to five published writing samples to Kevin Williamson: kwilliamson@nationalreview.com. The application deadline is February 20.
Hopefully they find someone who fix up K-Lo grammar real good.

Shorter Dan Riehl.

That Megan McCain is really, really fat and stupid. And fat. Krispy Kremes!!! LOL!!!!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Hey, Sarah Palin: in honor of the American soldier, how 'bout you quit makin' stuff up?

It says something about the state of our politics that a couple of big stimulus welfare queens like Palin and Perry get to prance around and tell a bunch of demonstrable lies at major campaign events and it's not a scandal at all.

Great Moments In Punditry.


Via Putz, Rich Lowry debates whether Markos Moulitsas is an extremist.

In case you've forgotten, the following things are on Lowry's payroll:

-- Kathryn Jean Lopez, writes letters to James Kopp in her free time, serves as flack for anti-Semite Bill Donohue
-- Andy McCarthy, birther
-- Mark Steyn, aspiring ethnic cleanser
-- John Derbyshire, despises so many races, creeds and colors, he devalues the word 'bigot'

And Jonah Goldberg. It's true that he's more stupid than evil, but still.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

And Obama uses a teleprompter! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!



The Queen Teabagger's crib notes -- which she apparently needed for PRE-SCREENED QUESTIONS FROM OTHER TEABAGGERS.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

It's snowing in February!

Blizzard '10!

Wonder how many "Al Gore is a liar/global warming is fake" posts you'll see from wingnuttia today.


...ah, I hadn't checked when I originally wrote the post, but Putzhole doesn't disappoint.
24 INCHES OF GLOBAL WARMING. At least that doesn’t sound quite as much like a porn flick. . . . .
And more of the same from Pantload,
The scientific consensus is that this is a $&@!?*# lot of snow .
Wingnuts are nothing if not predictable.

UPDATE

And the Virginia Republican Party gets in on the act.
Call Boucher and Perriello and tell them how much global warming you get this weekend. Maybe they’ll come help you shovel.
Idiots.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Uh, except for civil rights, women's suffrage, the ban of slavery, etc. etc.

Pantload, bemoaning the lack of anti-gays-in-the-military op-eds.
I'm open to the possibility that the preponderance of the facts is on the side of repeal, but I know that the facts don't all go in one direction. They never do.
I imagine lots of National Reviewers were saying that in 1964.

"Like My Dick," Continued the Former Senator.

It's so cute that he still uses the prefix Senator. He's not, you know.

Acorn Pimp Analogy Fail.

This is...curious.


Writers for Andrew Breitbart's various sites have been working overtime to defend ACORN "pimp" James O'Keefe from accusations of racism this week, ever since an article by Max Blumenthal about a forum O'Keefe attended that featured a white nationalist speaker appeared here in Salon.


One of those writers, Jill Stanek, came up with a particularly unique line of defense: "The Left accusing James O’Keefe of being racist against blacks is the equivalent of accusing Oskar Schindler of being racist against Jews," she wrote Thursday.


Stanek knows that Schindler was a Nazi, right? Perhaps she didn't notice the pin on Neeson's lapel?

Personally, I'd have gone with Raoul Wallenberg -- not a Nazi! -- but then, I'm not in the habit of comparing an aspiring white nationalist to a venerated humanitarian.

Where's Glenn Reynolds, King Porkbuster, on Richard Shelby?

I'm sure that if Al Franken had put a hold on all of President Romney's appointments, for the reason that he wanted pork and earmarks for Minnesota, Putz would remain totally silent about it.

Mmmm-hmm.

This is Fucking Retarded.

It's also probably the most disheartening thing I've read this week:


White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel vehemently opposed Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to put alleged September 11 plotters on trial in a civilian court, according to a new account from the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer.

“Rahm felt very, very strongly that it was a mistake to prosecute the 9/11 people in the federal courts, and that it was picking an unnecessary fight with the military-commission people,” Mayer quoted an “informed source” as saying.

The New Yorker story says Emanuel’s opposition was driven in part by concerns that the decision would alienate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).


I don't even know what that means.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Outsourcing my Glenn Reynolds bashing to Tbogg.

Heh:

Glenn Reynolds wants every one to know that he is really a dirty fucking hippie at heart:

SO I WAS QUOTED IN THIS NPR STORY ON ANDREW BREITBART, which was pretty good, really. But this story — which on my station ran right afterward — really underscores Breitbart’s point about the media trying to control the narrative. It’s all about a crumbling coastal building in California and the threat of coastal erosion from “climate change.” If you listen closely, the story doesn’t quite say that the seas are rising and that’s why that building is in trouble, but it certainly gives that impression. And it never admits that there are any questions about the whole climate-change debate. Narrative, indeed.

UPDATE: Reader Thomas Lyttle writes: “Listened to the NPR Breitbart report while going to dinner. Was surprised to hear the reporter describe you as the ‘conservative’ blogger Instapundit. It doesn’t use that term in the written version you linked to, but the as-broadcast version sure did. Check it out.” Yeah, I know. Sigh. I fight it, but basically to a lot of media folks if you’re not in the Obama tank with them you must be a conservative.

Calling oneself a “libertarian” as opposed to a “conservative” is the political equivalent of the great “sanitation engineer” vs. “trash man” divide.

In the end it is still all about garbage.

Indeed.

I'll just add that Putzy is pretty much down-the-line a Giuliani Republican, except he's more wingnutty on guns and taxes.

Very non-conservative like!


This is Just Begging for a Clarification.

As BT points out, the President had breakfast with a lot of people who take what one might charitably call a dim view of equality for gays.

It's a safe bet most attendees are not thrilled by the prospect of DADT being repealed, and an even greater number undoubtedly chafe at the spread of gay marriage.

Publicly at least, Obama has been one of them.

So what to make of these remarks?

We can take different approaches to ending inequality, but surely we can agree on the need to lift our children out of ignorance; to lift our neighbors from poverty. We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are -- whether it's here in the United States or, as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.


John Aravosis says, "This actually makes Obama sound more pro-gay marriage than he is." I'd take it even further -- this may simply be a rather heartening textbook example of a Kinsley Gaffe.

No, they can't.




Just a reminder.

A whopping 58 percent of Republicans either think Barack Obama wasn't born in the US (28 percent) or aren't sure (30 percent). A mere 42 percent think he was.

QOTD.


-- The New York Times, January 1, 1900 [pdf]

Stop the Motherfucking Presses.

Mr Sullivan:

Yglesias makes his pitch for the health care bill and argues that it is in the Democrats political interest to proceed. Suderman isn't persuaded[.]


Oh? You mean the former FreedomWorks hack/current Reason editor who, by the bye, worships at the alter of Ayn Rand, claims that giving 30 million Americans access to health care wouldn't be a net win for the Dems?

Well, then. I guess we'll have to really rethink this whole reform business, no?

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I AM MAN-WOLF!!!!!!!!!!!

You will ask, "Is Ed just fucking with me?" about halfway through this video. My friends, let me be unambiguous: I am not fucking with you. I am for serious.



It's like watching the surviving remnants of the Manson family and the Symbionese Liberation Army act out a grade school play.

Remember, Fiorina is supposed to be one of the intimidating, "serious" Republicans.

Hugh Hewitt Calls for Investigation of Justice Department.

Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab is talking to the feds, which is a good thing. He was read his Miranda Rights, which, if you take the conservative line, is a bad thing.

Hugh Hewitt, perhaps because he finds it distasteful that the FBI has gained "useful" intelligence from Abdulmutallab without torturing him, wants punitive action taken towards the Justice Department. From his interview with Michael Isikoff:

HH: Has any serious investigation of Holder’s senior advisers on this been done? Because there continue to be reports that many of them were involved in the defense efforts on behalf of Gitmo detainees prior to joining the administration, including Eric Holder’s law firm, Covington and Burling.

MI: Right, right.

HH: And that this is crippling their ability to make serious judgments…

MI: Well, let me just answer that. I mean, that, I have to say, that strikes me as a completely bogus issue. Anybody who goes into the Justice Department who has previously worked in private practice has represented all sorts of accused criminals, convicted criminals, money launderers, drug traffickers, or their law firms have, you know, white collar crooks. And…but does that mean they retain sympathy for white collar crooks and drug smugglers and money launderers when they get into high positions of authority in the Justice Department? Of course not. Nobody suspects that.

HH: Clever, but totally beside the point. Good sophistry.

MI: Why is that beside the point? It is exactly on point.

HH: Because the question is an ideological…if you are going to represent a Gitmo defendant, almost certainly most of those who agree to do so will do so out of a deeply held, sincerely developed convictions about how justice ought to treat unlawful combatants. If you take those Gitmo defense lawyers, and put them in the Department of Justice, their ideological predisposition is going to be rather a change from what went before them. And the question I’m just asking, not that they’re bad people for doing that, but has anyone investigated how many of them there are, and what their role is in developing this?

MI: Well, there have been claims, but what, are you suggesting that Eric Holder has some ideological predisposition to be sympathetic to terrorists? I mean, is that what you’re suggesting? Come on.

Glenn Reynolds hearts Andrew Breitbart.

Putz, on the Big Wannabe.
"What Andrew really does better than anybody [is] he brings the excitement," says University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds, perhaps better known as the blogger behind Instapundit.com. "He is a showman and he is an expert in understanding how media and political people think and turning that into a kind of jujitsu that works to his advantage in a real big way."
Said another way, he's a self-promoting assclown who couldn't make it in Hollywood and now is pretending to be Matt Drudge.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Unpleasant

Ever watched a man die before? Pretty unpleasant.

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You've never seen them in the same place, have you?

Just sayin.

*Crickets.*

I suspect that conservatives don't have much to say about Adm. Mullen's testimony against DADT for the same they assiduously avoided commenting on Scott Roeder's conviction: they think it sucks.

btw, the exception here is Commentary's Max Boot -- who doesn't want gays in combat.

Full of sound a fury...

It strikes me as kinda funny that the Teabaggers run around screaming about the Constitution without knowing what's in it.

Excellent Use of the Hyphen, K-Lo!


I HAS SCIENCE THOUGHTS

Maggie "Will Perform Any Act for Pie" Gallagher is back at it again; "it" in this case being trying to think.
So I would like to propose this as the new minimum standard for government-backed social programs: not one dime unless you can show at least one random-assignment study that demonstrates effectiveness. Oops, there goes Head Start. Oops, there goes, er . . . most of the budget deficit?
Nice math, asshead. Try again. Thanks to repeated and irresponsible tax-cutting, you could eliminate every single dollar of "discretionary" spending including every penny of the entire motherfucking military budget - read that again - and we'd STILL be $300 billion in the hole.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Life Imitates House... Imitates Life.

Come the fuck on.

Perspective.

 fwiw, Obama's latest Gallup approval rating mirrors the rating from August 25-27, 2009.

Bottom line: Obama still has political capital, but really, really needs to spend it.

Bruce Bartlett's talking to you too, Glenn Reynolds.

Indeed.

Like all Republicans these days, Pawlenty wants to have it every possible way: complain about the deficit while ignoring everything his party did to create it (Medicare Part D, two unfunded wars, TARP, earmarks galore, tax cuts up the wazoo, irresponsible regulatory and monetary policies that created the recession that created the deficit, etc.), illogically insisting that tax cuts are a necessary part of deficit reduction, and never proposing any specific spending cuts.

The only specific thing Mr. Pawlenty is capable of proposing is a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. It’s hard to know where to begin in explaining why this is such an irresponsible idea, but I will try.

I want to know, specifically, what the Glibertarian in Knoxville proposes to cut to balance the budget. Because ear marks and pork ain't gonna get us there.